Failure is not a deal-breaker in this house

The Joy of Showing Mercy

Obviously, because I am a Christian author and speaker married to a pastor, our children are perfect, always behaving as if singing angels dropped them straight into our arms from the bosom of heaven. They obey the first time they are asked, they love each other desperately and never fight over the Wii remote, and they donate their birthday money to the Foundation for the Homeless they set up when they were in elementary school. No one ever rolls their eyes at me or procures big, dramatic sighs when I tell them to clean their filthy bathroom. Their first words were, “I want to ask Jesus into my heart.” (I know, right? We were surprised too. They skipped right over ‘Mama’ and ‘Dada’ to the gospel of atonement.) Read more...

Jen Hatmaker Interview with Sarah Taylor

Jen Hatmaker joined me for an interview, talking about her re-released book and her upcoming blog for allmomdoes. Take a listen! Read more...

Pursuing the Hearts of our Children

I do not have a close relationship with my dad. He wasn’t invited to my wedding and my brother walked me down the aisle. Now, being the mom to a son and a daughter, I am constantly thinking about how I my husband and I will foster healthy and strong relationships with our children. We will make mistakes. We are human. But, we won't give up pursuing our children's hearts. Read more...

I Started Laughing Before I Even Hit the Ground

For example, I fell this week and I started laughing before I even hit the ground. I was holding an open container of blueberries and, needless to say, they flew everywhere and so did my arms and legs as I tried to catch myself. Whenever I look at the bruise on my arm, I laugh again. I must have looked ridiculous. Read more...

Parenting Strategy: By the Seat of My Pants

So now I’m curious – do you have a parenting strategy? An honest-to-goodness, we’ve read this book and discussed it and are wholeheartedly on the same page about following it parenting strategy? When did you start using it, and more importantly – WHAT IS IT? Read more...

It was a wonderful day, was it not?

Enter to Win Tickets for I Still Do Conference

But then you know what? Life happened again. And we fell back into that day-to-day routine until we realized that we weren’t saying “I still do” nearly enough. And while it wasn’t a marriage-crumbling-around-us crisis point like it had been a few years before, we knew we needed to stop being careless and start being intentional. And start making the right choice. Every. Single. Day. Read more...

As They Grow

When my kids were small it was so easy to slip toys that were no longer being played with into a Goodwill pile.  I even remember certain birthday parties where duplicate items were received and I could quietly place them into a re-gifting box. (Yes, I admit to that.)  Even better was when birthday or Christmas abundance overwhelmed them and I could pack a few unopened boxes of new toys away high up on their bedroom closet shelves and, about June, when boredom set in, I would pull those babies down, unpack them and we would have some instant excitement with fresh new things to play with. Read more...

Raising Up Siblings to Love Not Fight

As a mother I experience great joy when I see my family united and enjoying each other. You will too, but this will not happen without your consistent, positive intervention. Stop hoping and wishing, and start intentionally creating an environment of love, respect and life-giving words. It is never too late to do this and you will be amazed at the outcome. Read more...

Momficient = Mom + Efficient

The point is that we will always fill our days no matter the number of children or commitments that we have. We get more efficient without even realizing it. Five years ago, I had no need to clean my kitchen in 10 minutes or less. But now, that is the time I have so I make it work. Moms adapt! Read more...

Always Panic First

What was wrong with them? How could they be hungry at a time like this?! They were planning a food run while I had gone into full-on-freak-out mode in my head. I snapped at them that I wasn’t hungry. Read more...

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